B.C. mayors vote to decriminalize pot: That was the easy part
Experts, police at odds about effect lifting drug laws will have on reducing organized crime
BY KELLY SINOSKI, VANCOUVER SUN SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
B.C. municipal leaders voted Wednesday for a resolution that calls for the decriminalization of marijuana, but they’re facing a major hurdle: convincing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to change the law.
Harper has said previously he’s not interested. But former B.C. attorney-general Geoff Plant urged delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities earlier this week to join a “growing chorus of voices” across Canada to show the prime minister that across the country, “people are calling for change.”
While pot decriminalization falls under the purview of the federal government, he said, B.C. municipalities “all govern and live with this disastrous failure of public policy.”
The resolution, put forward by Metchosin District Coun. Moralea Milne, calls for the UBCM to lobby the “appropriate government to decriminalize marijuana and research the regulation and taxation of marijuana.”
It would apply to simple possession of cannabis.
The vote followed a lengthy debate earlier this week in which some experts, including Plant, argued the prohibition on pot is a failed policy that has cost millions of dollars in police, court, jail and social costs.
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